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Professor Ray Jones Selected for Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award

Professor Ray Jones has been selected for the 2018 University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

This is the university’s highest honor for teaching excellence and is given to no more than five faculty members across all of Pitt. Ray has been a full-time member of our Organizational Behavior and Entrepreneurship Faculty since 2000. In addition to his teaching duties, he is Associate Director of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership, Coordinator of the College of Business Administration's (CBA) Certificate Program in Leadership and Ethics (CPLE), and Faculty Advisor for CBA’s chapter of Delta Sigma Pi. He is also an instructor in the Certificate in Organizational Leadership and Ethics (COLE) program that has offered professional development to more than 1,000 Pitt employees to date.

"In the classroom, Ray exudes a marvelous enthusiasm as a teacher that endears him to his students and forms a connection that goes much beyond the classroom," says Arjang A. Assad, Henry E. Haller Jr. Dean of the Katz school and undergraduate College of Business Administration. "Through his undergraduate courses in Organizational Behavior and Service Learning in Organizations, Ray instills the values of ethical leadership, interpersonal communication, and responsible management practices."

The profound impact that Ray is making is evident from how his students value him: Ray has been voted “Teacher of the Year” at CBA numerous times and also Pitt’s “Best Professor” through The Pitt News 10 times — a remarkable achievement in its own right.

Ray excels at bringing experiential-learning opportunities to our students. Through the CPLE program, Ray’s students have contributed over 16,000 hours of service in class projects for Pittsburgh area nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses. He has created a legacy of community impact that develops students’ minds and their business acumen.

Another way to appreciate Ray’s passion for his subject is through the many examples of how he delivers value outside the classroom. As an instructor in the Certificate in Organizational Leadership and Ethics (COLE) program, Ray has volunteered his time to develop the leadership capacity of over 1,000 Pitt employees. He teaches two of the most significant COLE modules — ethical challenges in the workplace and managing conflict — and that makes his participation pivotal to the success of the program.

"He exemplifies the best teaching practices at our school and makes us all proud." says Assad.